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Today is National Take Your Pants For A Walk Day!

At first, You may be wondering how this is done, or thinking, if You walk around with Your pants, You may seem a bit crazy.

This Holiday is about exercise. You could carry Your pants with You, or put them on a leash and drag them around, tie them around some part of You, but the more conventional way of celebrating would be to wear Your pants while You take a walk.

  If You have a pet/companion, and they happen to wear pants, taking them with You would be a great way to celebrate Take Your Pants For A Walk Day.

Gather some friends, and make a celebration of it. Walk in a nice park, or someplace that You find inspirational. If You would like to make this a full day event, bring along a picnic basket.   Bring Your Camera and water! Hydration is important.

For those in hot climates, where it may be too hot to walk outdoors,  in pants, or if You are not the outdoorsy type, go for a walk in the local Mall. This would also be a fun event with friends, but remember, the holiday is about exercising. I’m not sure if taking Your money or credit card out of a purse or wallet counts :) Walk and window shop, then if there is something that You just can’t say no to, go back after Your walk and buy it.

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Bath

Ingredients: 1 cup Powdered Milk

1 cup Soap Flakes (see My previous post on how to make bubble bath)
1/2 cup Epsom Salts
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
Essential oil or Skin Safe Fragrance Oil (optional)
Dried Herbs, (optional) for this project I used Lavender and Calendula

Mix all ingredients in a bowl or plastic bag. If You use herbs and don’t want them going down Your drain, You can place the mixture in self sealing tea bags, or muslin draw string bags, or even use a washcloth by placing some of the mixture in the middle of the cloth and secure with a ribbon. This can be sprinkled right in the bath water. The milk bath mixture looks great stored in milk bottles.

Milk has been used in baths for centuries, the addition of soap flakes, makes this a great blend to soften, smooth and cleanse Your Skin.

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With a few ingredients, and a little time, create Your own bubble bath or shower gel. This recipe makes big bubbles!

** 1 cup soap flakes **
** 1 cup water **
** 3 Tbsp glycerine **
** Essential oil or Skin safe fragrance oil **
You can purchase or make soap flakes. To make them use either a new bar of soap, or the scraps and pieces of used soap that You would otherwise throw out. Using a cheese grater is the easiest method I use. Are You familiar with the cheese graters they use at restaurant’s? with the handle You turn? These make grating the soap much faster than using a traditional grater, just make sure to cut the soap in pieces that will fit inside the compartment of the grater. You can also use a food processor or blender, but unless You plan on using it only for soap, one of the other methods is better.

After You have grated the soap, mix all the ingredients together in a jar or bottle with a tight fitting top or cap. Shake or stir often. To use: add 3 tbsp. under rapidly running bath water, or use as a shower gel, body wash.

NOTES: Essential Oils are very potent. I would use between 5-10 drops of essential or skin safe fragrance oil. The cheap stuff You can buy in any discount store or big box store is not meant for use on skin. They are near the candles for a reason and are meant to be used in oil burners, not in cosmetics or on the skin.

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Posset is a Milk Drink, Taken at night to help with relaxation. Posset was used often in medieval times, and this recipe dates to the 14th Century.

1 cup Milk

Grated Nutmeg or 1 tsp. Nutmeg Spice Powder

Heat the milk in a pan. As it boils, pour it carefully into a mug (you may want to wear an oven mitt)

Grate a quarter of a whole nutmeg, or sprinkle the powdered spice over the milk; wait about 30 seconds, then stir the nutmeg into the milk.

Sip Slowly and Enjoy!

If You do not drink cow’s milk, You could try this with goats milk, maybe almond milk or coconut milk, but I’m not sure how it would taste and if the benefits would be as effective

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Nereids Bath Salts are an ultra moisturizing blend that contains solar evaporated sea salts from the costal region of California, Pink Himalayan Sea Salts, Epsom Salts and premium fragrance oil with top notes of ocean mist, sea moss, and cyclamen. Followed by middle notes of geranium flower, and coriander seed on base notes of white cedar wood and earthy vetiver.

You receive 16 ounces of bath salts packaged in an up cycled mason jar. I painted the jar lid to add a rustic appeal, and hand stamped the top with a mermaid in metallic green paint. The jar can be used as a pin cushion and or storage jar. The pictures show some other uses. Store your beach treasures, sewing notions or just about anything. The padded top is also scented to match the bath salts and the inside of the lid contains a little bit of trivia about the Nereides in Greek Mythology

The oyster shell scoop, that was found on a sunny Florida beach is included. The other accessories in the photos are not included. Click on the photo to get to my Etsy shop.

THE NEREIDES (or Nereids) were fifty Haliad Nymphs or goddesses of the sea. They were the patrons of sailors and fishermen, who came to the aid of men in distress, and goddesses who had in their care the sea’s rich bounty. Individually they also represented various facets of the sea, from salty brine, to foam, sand, rocky shores, waves and currents, in addition to the various skills possessed by seamen.

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This isn’t new to my shop but I did repackage it and took new pictures…these are much better than the last ones.

This Delicately Fragranced Cleanser is for all skin types and can be used daily for cleansing, or weekly as a facial mask or exfoliant

Cleanser contains
White Clay
Oat Flour
Lavender Buds
Powdered Rose Petals, Which add fragrance and a pretty color.
Lavender Essential Oil
Rose Absolute
Click on the picture to be taken to my etsy shop.

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This Vintage “matchbook” is new to my Etsy Shop..it is from the 1930′s to 50′s and contains 6 Lentheric matchstick lipsticks. Three are red and three are clear. I’ve only seen two other’s of these before. Click the picture to see it in my Etsy shop.

The Matchbook is in very good condition and reads Miracle of Spring, First Robin Stay put Lipstick. The graphics include a red and white robin, red lips and a tube of lipstick. The back reads Miracle perfume by Lentheric and shows a picture of a perfume bottle

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Here I will be posting things I’m nostalgic for…most of them were “discontinued for one reason or the other. Some you can still find on web sites like ebay…enjoy and feel free to add comments on the items….did you use them? What did you think of the product? What are you nostalgic for?

My first Item is Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo…The original formula…none of the new ones smell like this.

I not only loved the earthy, herbal scent, but also the green color, and the commercials, ads, the lady with the long blonde hair bathing in a tranquil pool with flowers, the crown of flowers that adorned her locks, and all the little animals and critters around her…I would imagine myself as that lady in that pool any time I washed my hair with the shampoo…if you’ve seen pictures of me when I was younger…you know my hair was very pretty. I loved that fragrance remained on my hair and I could be reminded of the tranquility of the commercial through out days and nights.

A long time ago I read the reasons why this shampoo was discontinued, but can’t remember why…so I will have to do a little more research on the subject. So many people miss this shampoo, you can find all kinds of web sites where people are asking for it to be brought back. I’ve read that the vermont country store has a reproduction of this shampoo, but I have a feeling it is very expensive.

Over the years I have found two shampoos that smell just like the original herbal essence…one I can no longer find. The second is by a company called “Vanart” Herbal essence for all hair types

Many of the local stores have small sections with items that cater to the hispanic population, and it’s in these small sections I have found the Vanart brand. They used to have it at “sweet bay” but I haven’t seen it there in awhile…the other day I was very happy to find it in walmart. I paid like 4.95 for 32 ounce bottle. I feel transformed to that magical time in the 70′s the fragrance is so earthy and clean unlike so many other shampoos I smell that seem to have the same sweet, fruity almost sickly smell…and it’s the same pretty green color, with a thick luxurious texture. If you loved the Original Clairol Herbal Essence…you will be very happy with the Vanart brand.

I also just read they sell it at kmart….here is a picture of what it looks like :)

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Lavender works well in the treatment of acne, eczema, dermatitis, fungus, burns and wounds. it makes a refreshing astringent as well as an effective skin moisturizer. It can alleviate aches, pains and swelling from arthritis, injury, headache and other maladies.

Lavender and Sage are herbs that both have properties that are beneficial to the skin. They can be used in herbal or essential oil form.

Sage can help with aging of the skin and dandruff. Mint soothes skin, relieves itching and is also good for pimples. Its anti pruritic properties can be used for treating bites of insects like mosquitoes, honey-bees, hornets, wasps, gnats etc.
Lemon Verbena is used to moisturize the skin and is also good for sunburn.

You can find an herbal body scrub in my etsy shop that contains all of these ingredients.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/63466895/nymphs-scentual-body-scrub-lavender-sage

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